4 Vital Elements To Keep Up Immunity | World AIDS Day
Healthy living is very strongly marked by body’s immunity. Stronger the immunity, healthier you are.
The immunity of a pers0n can be enhanced by practicing healthy living.
The human body has a wonderful mechanism which signals the presence of various types of infections in the system. Not just that, it even tunes the immunity according to the type of virus, activates the defence required to fight it, and also triggers the demand for immunity foods.
The same happens when HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) affects a person. HIV has been so far one of the deadliest viruses afflicting mankind, which has the ability to mutate, thereby maintaining its lead against scientists. However, not all of us know the way our body reacts to this virus. It starts to up the ante in order to fight HIV with all its might. At such a time, when the body needs significant extra energy, it naturally starts demanding higher level of nutrients. The need for higher nourishment is marked with rise in fever and other symptoms.
Here are the four important nutrients an HIV infected person’s body needs to keep the war on against the disease and have a healthy living.
- Selenium: HIV patients become deficient in Selenium – a vital nutrient for the healthy functioning of the immune system. Selenium supplements can help arrest the progression from HIV to AIDS. Selenium reduces the damage caused to cell membranes and DNA by neutralizing free radicals.
Foods that are a source of Selenium: Brown rice, sunflower seeds, Pinto beans, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, flax, sesame, shellfish, tuna, raisins, walnuts, garlic, White Button Mushroom, Chia seeds, liver, butter.
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- Sulphur: Sulphates are a source of sulphur, which is the key to cellular detoxification in the body. A rare anti-oxidant compound, sulphur has the ability to repair oxidative damage caused to neurons and tissues by effortlessly crossing the blood-brain barrier.
Foods that are a source of sulphur: Eggs, meat, broccoli, Garlic, legumes, nuts, cabbage, tofu.
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- Vitamin C and E: These two vitamins have the power to prevent the virus from affecting new cells by thwarting the replication of HIV in dormant infected cells. Sufficient presence of vitamin C and E boosts the number of immune cells, stimulating the overall immune system. Separately taken, they provide nourishment, no doubt, but Vitamins C and E together have a larger effect in improving immunity levels. Vitamin C augments the release of interferon – a protein that inhibits the replication of the HIV virus. And vitamin E helps preserve immunity with advancing age.
Foods that are a source of Vitamin C: Citrus fruits & juices like oranges and sweet lime, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, green peppers, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries.
Foods that are a source of Vitamin E: Whole grains like wheat germ, vegetable and fish oils, fortified cereals, nuts, seeds, and apricots.
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- Glutathione: It hugely supports the immune function while keeping inflammation in check. Doctors call this the master detoxifier, as this keeps our energy metabolism sound by protecting our body cells. Glutathione is the body’s main anti-oxidant which can increase the chances of survival of an HIV patient.
Foods that are a source of Glutathione: Whey, eggs, meat and poultry, okra, avocados, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, zucchini, orange.
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